Wild Beer Co Fresh

Pale Ale
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Serving Temp
4 to 7°C
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Wild Beer Co.'s Fresh American Pale Ale is so, well, fresh that it's never the same beer twice. Every six months the brewery sources some of the most exciting hops from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. This means two hop harvests and two different hop bills go into this beer. Hops used can include a combination of Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Galaxy and Citra® or whichever ones are the best of that current harvest. Each version will be different but expect a big hop character alongside an assertive bitterness. A crisp, dry finish will have you wanting to drink this all summer. Or winter. Or is it summer?

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There is no other brewery in the world making beers like the Wild Beer Company. In fact, there are very few breweries that even look like Wild Beer Company. Most are a study in stainless steel, but walking into Wild Beer’s home on a remote Somerset farm, it’s wood that dominates the scene. Dozens of barrels are stacked floor to ceiling, each with its contents scribbled on the side: Modus, Ninkasi, Sourdough (yes, a beer using sourdough yeast). Not all the beers Wild Beer make will touch the inside of a barrel, but what is clear is that they all live up to their tagline: Drink WILDLY Different.

Take Millionaire for example, a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout that is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Or how about Wild Goose Chase? A tart, sprightly beer fermented using locally-harvested wild yeast and gooseberries? Or perhaps one of our favourite beers (ever?), Sleeping Lemons, a gose (a low-ish alcohol, slightly salty German beer) brewed with lemons preserved in salt – can there be anything more refreshing? Wild Beer is indeed wildly different. And while it can be tempting to take the innovation too far, head brewer Brett Ellis remains true to the aim of making all their beers very drinkable. That’s true whether it’s Zintuki, a quirky sour ale blended from Somerset Wild, their beer fermented using yeast cultivated from a nearby orchard, along with an ale fermented with champagne yeast and some local apple juice, or the more conventional ‘Fresh’ pale ale. Wild Beer pack more flavour in to their beers than many breweries can dream of.

As Brett writes: “We love sour beers, their unrivalled complexity and nuances make them both the most exciting and engaging styles of beer to brew and to drink. The romance and the art of brewing come through in a very different way when using the extraordinary uncontrollable wild yeasts and bacteria.

“There's wild yeast and bacteria everywhere, especially here in Somerset with so many orchards nearby. When you make a happy home for them in your brewery they just show up and spontaneously ferment – and sour – a beer.”


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Always decent
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Always a decent beer but tends to vary from batch to batch in terms of hop flavour and intensity
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Does what it says on the errrr.... bottle.

Chill slightly, and drink fresh.

Very good brew.
Fresh and light
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Drank this as soon as it arrived, lightly chilled and it was pretty tasty.

I likened it a little to Magic Rock Inhaler or Brewdog's Born to Die but it's a lot lighter than those and slightly down on flavour (thus only 4-stars).

It's got a lot of promise and if they bolstered this a little bit it could be something very special indeed.
Exactly what it says on the bottle
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This beer is indeed Fresh. Easy to drink and crisp. With it being from Wild Beer I was expecting some sourness but there wasn't much at all, instead a very clean, great tasting beer.
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